Environmental Advice for the Candidates From Bill McKibben

Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, author, and cofounder of 350.org

Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben, author and activist     Photo: Nancie Battaglia

IT'S THE WEATHER, STUPID
If I were a candidate, I’d focus on the crazy weather—something everyone is noticing and something that surveys suggest a large majority of Americans link to climate change. I’d talk about how the greed of the fossil-fuel industry is starting to disrupt the planet’s weather, and then I’d point out that we’re paying them billions of dollars in subsidies, kind of a bonus for the wrecking crew. My message would be: let’s spend money on solar and wind instead. Because you know the reason the big guys really hate solar panels? You can’t meter the sun.

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